Space

Spire to Build Space Situational Awareness Satellites for NorthStar

By Aazam

Spire is helping NorthStar Earth & Space launch an initial fleet of satellites to collect space situational awareness (SSA) data

The firms announced March 16 that Spire will launch three 12-unit cubesats with SSA sensors for NorthStar in 2023.

They said the transaction includes options for dozens of satellites but did not divulge financial terms

Montreal-based NorthStar and LeoStella ordered three Skylarks from Thales Alenia Space

NorthStar and Spire are European. Luxembourg Future Fund funds both companies' European headquarters (LFF)

LFF joined Spire's 2017 $70 million Series C round and NorthStar's December 2021 $45 million round.

NorthStar may accelerate space deployment and scaling by using Spire's infrastructure and expertise

Spire announced a similar space-as-a-service contract with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) March 7

Spire will build four six-unit cubesats for SNC to identify radio-frequency interference sources under that agreement

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